Book Reviews

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”


To give a little background, I know I am almost 2 years late in reviewing this book. I have had this book for almost a year now but having read a string of books on the suicide or illness I just wasn’t up for another one. I had the feeling that it would be the same drama with a different wrapping. And here we are 12 months later and what is the first book I read completely after my slump. This book right here!!

Regarding my earlier concern was this book everything I feared it would be? Yes it was.

Synopsis:  Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

What I thought: It is like every second book written on suicide or illness. The cliched characters:- One popular, beautiful, externally happy, someone who has everything going for them but internally lost, confused, wanting to run away from it all ball of sadness. While the other one is quirky, weird, quotes poets or writers, not popular, one who doesn’t care what people think, friendless or very few friends. They both meet in some fairytale-ish way and inspite of themselves and who they are fall in love under ‘extenuating circumstances’. I feel like now days this has become like a mantra for writing a best selling young adult fiction and it annoys me. It’s like people are not thinking for new ideas. I want to read something that would my mind in way of WOW!! WTF did I just read!! Like when Harry Potter just released or when I read A man called Ove.

Inspite of these issues I would be lying if I say I didn’t like this book. It actually did make me cry ( and I do wish they turn it into a feature film). Jennifer writes well. It sucks you in. She does paint a pretty good picture of depression and parental neglect. Though cliched you can’t help but to root for Theo’s and Violet’s love story. It is quick paced and there is not a single moment you get bored.  Some of the quotes really gave me feels.

  • the great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.
  • there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. Not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.
  • before I die I want to be the person I’m meant to be and have that be enough.

Rating: 👻 👻 👻 (3/5)


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